Date: March 06, 2008
Author: John Clark

Jones not intimidated

John Clark, Sportal Australian Matthew Jones is confident a promising beginning to his PGA Tour career can persist, as long so he finds some form from the tee. Jones, speaking from his Florida base on Wednesday, said his graduation from the Nationwide Tour to the top flight of golf had been a smooth transition. While some find walking the fairways in the company of Tiger Woods and friends an intimidating prospect, the confident 27-year-old is relishing the challenge of mixing it with the big boys. “No, I don&apost find the PGA Tour intimidating at all,” Jones said. “For me it&aposs been a dream start and following the re-ranking process I&aposve secured more starts. I feel I fit right in here and it&aposs all starting to finally happen.” “The courses are definitely harder and the conditions more challenging.” He added: “It&aposs just so competitive out there. On the range and on the course, you don&apost feel just because it&aposs your first year that it&aposs at all intimidating.” “Think that and you won&apost last long.” Jones is currently 38th on the money list with almost $500,000 in his pocket after making six cuts from as many starts. Last weekend he began the final round of the Honda Open with a share of the lead but faded to finish fourth. Jones walked away disappointed not to have a trophy for company but even more optimistic about the year ahead. “It was good and I can take from the week that I can compete with these guys out here which is good,” he explained. He is currently working tirelessly to iron out a few flaws off the tee and will put his driver to the test when the Pods Championship begins in Florida on Friday (AEDT). “If there&aposs one area that I need to improve on it&aposs my driving,” an honest Jones declared. “You miss a fairway on these courses and you&aposll probably drop a shot.”